About ECCO

The Earlewood Community Citizens Organization (ECCO) represents the residents of the Earlewood neighborhood. The organization was formed in 1977—one of the first neighborhood associations in Columbia, and serves to maintain and improve the quality of life, residential character, safety, and sense of community and pride in the Earlewood neighborhood. ECCO is open to all residents of the Earlewood neighborhood.

Mailing Address:
ECCO
PO Box 30225
Columbia, SC 29230

Officers

  • President, Kathleen McDaniel. Kathleen has lived in Earlewood for the past 10 years. She is an attorney at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA, practicing in the areas of government, administrative and environmental law and general litigation. She is involved in many community activities and is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of the Vista Night.  You can reach Kathleen at president@earlewood.org.

  • Vice-President, Fred Monk. Fred has lived in Earlewood for the past 18 years. After retiring in 2015 as President of the South Carolina Export Consortium, he began working as a senior advisor in International Strategy and Trade division of the S.C. Department of Commerce. He served two terms as president of the neighborhood. Fred has served as vice president of ECCO for the past two years. 

  • Secretary, Evelyn Butterworth May. Evelyn has lived in Earlewood for the past 30 years. She is a nurse practitioner at SC ENT Allergy and Sleep Medicine. Evelyn is an accomplished gardener and a member of the NoMa Community Garden. For the past several years Evelyn has planted the Earlewood entrance beds on Park Street and River Drive. You can reach Evelyn at secretary@earlewood.org.

  • Treasurer, Yvette Sistare. Yvette was born in South Carolina and moved to Columbia in 1981 where she attended Midlands Tech and Columbia College. She has lived in Earlewood for the past 12 years. Yvette is the Finance Director for the SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  You can reach Yvette at treasurer@earlewood.org.

  • Member-at-Large, Jennifer McBroom. Jennifer has lived and owned property in Earlewood since the late 1999’s. She is a realtor with Coldwell Banker and has worked in real estate for over 20 years. She also serves on the Columbia YMCA Board.  You can reach Jennifer at mal@earlewood.org

Meetings

All residents of Earlewood are invited to join us for all or part of our neighborhood quarterly meetings in the Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Drive. All residents are encouraged to attend and help make Earlewood an even better place to live.

Quarterly Membership Meetings
3rd Thursday of the month in January, April, July, and October
Earlewood Park Community Center
1113 Parkside Drive

  • Police & Safety Meeting
    6:30 – 7 :00 pm
    The quarterly Police & Safety meeting begins at 6:30 pm or 30 minutes prior to the General Membership meeting. Officer Tyson Hass, the police officer assigned to Earlewood, attends to answer any questions and address safety concerns of residents.
  • Neighborhood Meeting
    7 :00 – 8:00 pm
    The quarterly neighborhood meetings for residents of the Earlewood community are held on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October at Earlewood Park Community Center. Reminder signs are placed around the neighborhood several days prior to the meeting. Topics that are important to the quality of life of Earlewood are discussed. All residents are encouraged to attend and get to know their neighbors!

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is:

  1. to maintain and enhance the residential character of the neighborhood while striving to enhance the quality of life of the citizens that live, work, and worship therein
  2. to reach common understanding regarding neighborhood problems, issues, and solutions
  3. to communicate community concerns and desires to appropriate government agencies, elected officials, private organizations, other pertinent groups, and citizens
  4. to encourage participation in community life
  5. to develop closer cooperation among community citizens
  6. to foster community pride
  7. to serve as a conduit for information to residents about city services and other items of community interest and concern
  8. and to do such things as will tend to improve conditions for neighborhood residents and community-oriented businesses.